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Men crying for equal rights!

Published:Saturday | April 7, 2018 | 12:00 AMRomario Scott/Gleaner Writer

Professional men have been making the deliberate decision to delay or forego having children, a worrying trend in light of Jamaica's greying population.

Though the median age in Jamaica currently stands at 29, former Prime Minister Bruce Golding recently pointed out that by 2050, it could reach 40, and urged the Government to move quickly to have a national conversation on the issue.

However, pointing to the influences of the growing Men Going Their Own Way movement, sexologist Dr Karen Carpenter told The Gleaner that men are making bold moves in looking out for themselves.

"They are almost crying for equal rights in the sense that women had their movement, [but] men had no movement," reasoned the sexologist. "There [was] no movement for men that said they could delay family life, delay child rearing, delay responsibility, especially in our context. If it's not having a child, getting married taking on the usual stuff, they look down on you."

romario.scott@gleanerjm.com